A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995)

A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995)

A Kid in King Arthur's Court



Critic Consensus: Disappointing even by the relaxed standards of live-action children's entertainment, A Kid in King Arthur's Court stands as a rare near-total misfire from Disney.

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This comedy offers yet another sanitized and very loose adaptation of Mark Twain's dark satire A Yankee in King Arthur's Court. This time, the story centers on Calvin Fuller, a nerdy young adolescent living in Reseda. The gangly, unsure youth is first seen standing at bat, ready for yet another strike out. Suddenly a terrible earthquake hits and as the others run for safety, the hapless Calvin is swallowed up in a gaping chasm. He falls and falls until he finds himself landing on the head of a 6th-century black knight. Upon hearing of his miraculous appearance, the elderly King Arthur, seeing him as the savior Merlin predicted would appear, dubs the boy Calvin of Reseda and invites him to dine with the court. Calvin then begins his knightly training. When the earthquake hit, lucky Calvin managed to grab his knapsack and is therefore able to wow the Arthurians with his futuristic magic that includes an introduction to rock & roll via CD-player, and a wonderful Swiss Army knife. The young wizard also shows them how to make rollerblades. His work wins him adulation and renown, but it also rouses the jealousy of the wicked Lord Belasco who will use any means to take over the throne. Meanwhile, Calvin finds himself falling for young-princess Katey.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Part, Robert L. Levy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 4, 2003
Buena Vista Pictures


Joss Ackland
as King Arthur
Art Malik
as Lord Belasco
Paloma Baeza
as Princess Katey
Kate Winslet
as Princess Sarah
Ron Moody
as Merlin
Daniel Craig
as Master Kane
Barry Stanton
as Blacksmith
Michael Mehlnan
as Shop Owner
Melani Eoettinger
as Peasant Woman
Rebecca Denton
as Washer Woman
Louise Rosner
as Lady-in-Waiting
Paul Rosner
as Peasant Boy
Béla Unger
as Head Guard
Tim Wickham
as Ricky Baker
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Critic Reviews for A Kid in King Arthur's Court

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (8)

Sitting through it, I found myself shuddering at what Disney may have in store for next summer.

Full Review… | May 22, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

It is numbingly bland, homogenized and deflated by an utter lack of original wit or charm. Worst of all, it is subtly but conspicuously condescending to its target audience.

Full Review… | May 22, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It's a missed opportunity for introducing the Mortal Kombat generation to medieval combat that was really mortal.

Full Review… | May 22, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The ragtag adaptation by Michael Part and Robert Levy is familiar fodder run through a blender too high and too fast.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Sluggish and low-energy.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

This lively time-travel fantasy is the clear result of imagination and reflection on the part of writers Michael Part and Robert L. Levy and director Michael Gottlieb and their colleagues, who possess a crucial light touch.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for A Kid in King Arthur's Court


A Kid in King Arthur's Court is one of those childhood films that are quite forgettable. This is a film that hasn't aged well. This is the type of film that is only worth watching once, and when you get older, you realize that this film isn't a classic like so many other childhood favorite. The film might have been entertaining when I first saw it, but years later, it doesn't do anything for me. The acting wasn't that great, and the gags aren't anything to write home about. This is one childhood film that is plainly stupid. This film doesn't belong among the many childhood classics that I've seen. This is a poorly made film with a bad plot, bad acting and poor directing. The film isn't that entertaining, and it's fairly sloppy overall. A kid in King Arthur's Court is a mediocre, unimpressive film that really doesn't cut it. This isn't a good film, it's a mediocre effort and it really doesn't stand the test of time. I liked it when I was a kid, and looking back now, I can't believe I enjoyed this trash. This film is pathetic, awful entertainment, and this is a film not worth watching. There are so many better family films than this that are actually funny. If you're looking a funny film, pass up on this, as this isn't a good family comedy. Kids may dig it, but it's not something that the entire family will enjoy. This is a missed opportunity to create something that the entire family can enjoy. Stick with Toy Story if you want a better constructed film.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Half-assed Disney movie that doesn't really hold up, and was only kinda passable to begin with. I haven't read it, but I think I'd probably enjoy Mark Twain's story far better than this.

If I remember correctly though, Kate Winslet is in this, so that's cool.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


It was ok.

Rachel F

Super Reviewer

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